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The Different Engraving Processes

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Engraving is an art of incising a design onto a hard, flat surface by cutting groves onto it. An engraving is a resultant picture from the art. This art can be learned from various institutions while other some people have the art as a talent. There are various sources where one can buy this kind of art. One of these sources is Able Engraving, where you can get products such as nameplates, memorial plaques, instrument panels, rating plates just to mention but a few. Continue reading

What To Consider When Using an Engraving Company

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Engraving is the process of making a mark or etching words or a design on to a surface. For example, you may be looking to engrave a memorial headstone, a glass window, a piece of wood or even a pet’s identity disc. There are many times in life, therefore, when you need to use the services of an engraver. This short article will help you to think about what you need to consider when choosing an engraving company for your needs. Choosing an engraver can be tricky if you do not fully understand the process of engraving. Continue reading

Preparing Your Material for Engraving

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Opting to have brass engraving carried out is a wonderful way to personalise your piece and keep memories forever. Getting an engraving is a simple and quick way to have something to cherish that reminds you of a person or a special time in your life. Whether it’s brass engraving or another material like bronze you are sending off to expert engravers, there are a couple of things you can do to prepare your material for engraving that will make sure you get the best result. Continue reading

The Plaque Engraving Process

The Use of Plaques

A plaque is a magnificent way of marking a special occasion. Originally given as an award of recognition, the use of a plaque has now rapidly expanded, as has the design and the materials in which it can be made from. A plaque can be both informative and beautiful. Engraved plaques may be used to recognise an historic event, to mark a significant milestone or in memory of a special or important person. Whatever the intended use, the making and engraving process of the plaque remains the same, as outlined below.

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An example of plaque engraving (image via 4kclips, Shutterstock)

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Famous Engravings Past and Present

Famous EngravingsFor as long as humans have been using tools, there is evidence of engraving whether as a method of recording and communication or simply for decoration. In the 1890s, Eugene Dubois made an astonishing discovery on the banks of the Solo River, Java, Indonesia, excavating a site which was littered with the bones of early humans, animal remains and shells. The bones belonged to our ancestor, homo erectus, and were dated to between 700,000 and 1 million years ago. Dubois also collected a number of the shells which carved the way for a more recent, surprising discovery.
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How was Engraving Believed to Have Originated

How Engraving Originated

Ancient Sumerian cuneiform writing engraved in a stone

The art of engraving has been in existence since civilization began. In ancient times, people engaged in the art of engraving to honour gods and their rulers. The existence of stone carvings in the Serengeti show that the art had been in existence for nearly 500,000 years.

There is also the existence of the famous statuette of fertility in Austria (The Venus of Willendorf), and carved gemstones referred to as cameos which have been discovered in Rome and Egypt.

Cameos are especially famous in Rome, where they were mainly used in carvings to resemble the likeness of its famed leaders and rulers, such as Alexander the Great and Pliny the Elder. Continue reading

How Engraving Works

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Laser Engraving Machine in action

Everybody enjoys engraved products. Most of the printing we see on promotional products is done through laser beams. This is what is commonly referred to as laser engraving. Lasers aren’t applied in the printing industry only. Almost every aspect of our daily lives utilises lasers in one way or another. From the manufacturing sector to the retail and even the medical industries, lasers are all over planet earth.
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Engraving Stainless Steel

Stainless steel engraving isn’t an easy task. It sends shivers down the spin of many engravers. Currently, few engravers are willing to work with stainless steel regardless of the profits involved.=

Stainless steel is always selected for some applications since it is durable, corrosion-resistant and will not contaminate other materials. It is inactive hence doesn’t react with most chemicals, and above all, it is moisture-resistant.
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The History of Engraving

Engraving: A brief History

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For mankind, the practice of engraving has been an essential part of human communication since at the Palaeolithic era. The earliest form of human engravings dates back to 60,000 BP where the emerging civilizations engraved etchings on the walls of caves and bone or ivory fragments. Larger Petroglyphs engraved on ancient rocks still remain to this date.

More advanced engraving developed over time and by the reign of the Egyptian and Greek empires engraving as a form of documentation and communication had developed. Again, to this date documentation from ancient Egyptians remain in museums around the world, leaving an engraved insight into an ancient world.

In addition to being a form of communication and documentation, engraving was used to reproduce printed artwork, documentation and in printing. Engraving has been used to create printing templates out of metal to reproduce newspapers, books, currency and art. To this day, engravings are used to produce unique moulds to create intricate currency the world over.

To find out how we can help your company, contact Able Engraving today!



We can produce signs with the following materials:

  • Brass
  • Bronze
  • 3 ply Laminate (Traffolyte)
  • Stainless Steel
  • Aluminium
  • Stainless Steel
  • Perspex and other acrylics


Hand Engraving

Traditional hand etching is an excellent way to add the personal touch to a very special. . . Read More

Machine Engraving

Modern machine techniques can reproduce intricate designs and styles accurately and quickly. . . Read More